Museum Redevelopment Plans

Canterbury Museum is proposing a $195 million redevelopment of our Rolleston Avenue site. This is needed to protect the Museum’s heritage buildings and the 2.3 million objects in the collection, and to upgrade our visitor facilities for all of you to enjoy for years to come.

Currently only 1% of the Museum's collection can be displayed at any one time and some have never been seen by the public. Our proposed redevelopment will create a fit-for-purpose Museum and bring the visitor experience into the twenty-first century. 

In 2020, we consulted with many different groups and received feedback from the public on our redevelopment plans and the concept designs for a new Museum created by Athfield Architects. The majority of feedback was positive.

The Museum submitted a resource consent application for the proposed redevelopment to Christchurch City Council at the end of 2020. We asked that it be publicly notified to ensure that people have a further opportunity to comment on the plans. Our plans were granted resource consent in July 2021.

Below you will find images of our concept designs as well as some of the key documents that underpin the proposed redevelopment.